Ok. This discussion has been done to death, but the upcoming release of Avatar brings this to my mind. I now fully believe that Michael Bay is blacklisted by the the critic community. The main knock on ROTF was that it was all CGI, weak story. According to most reviews I've read, and a friend who saw a prerelease, Avatar is beautiful CGI, with a totally cliched story that is never unpredictable. Many critics were saying that "we're not here for the story', and then giving the film a positive review for how it looked. Personally, I could care less, I'll probably enjoy Avatar as much as I did ROTF. But it seems strange that ROTF got SLAUGHTERED by critics as being all visual and no substance, and then it seems Avatar might be the same, but it's getting praise. Discuss!